Sarcoptes scabies, also knows as Scabies or Mange, is a skin parasite of dogs and cats and other mammals but it is also zoonotic which means it can be transferred to people. It causes severe itching as well as secondary skin infections that can lead to severe medical issues. Being highly contagious it is important to get it diagnosed quickly and start treatment as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis includes a skin scraping to find the parasites/mites under the microscope and once their presence is confirmed, proper treatment can be initiated. With the appropriate treatment this condition resolves rather quickly. At YGF Four Corners we are well equipped to diagnose and treat Scabies cases so if you suspect your pet may have this issue, make sure to call and make an appt. with us at 352.277.5671.